Craigslist, Facebook, YouTube, even Google are sucking Data

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If you are experiencing decreased battery life or you’re burning through data too quickly, it might be because iOS automatically refreshes apps like Craigslist that are running in the background, even if they aren’t being actively used.  If you’re constantly on the move and have numerous apps running in the background such as Facebook or YouTube you are continuously refreshing and using up data to do so. It’s a waste of your data for apps like Google or Instagram to be doing this.

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Apps like YouTube and Craigslist burn my background data

How to Disable Background App Refresh:

Background App Refresh is a feature that is enabled by default, so in order to shut it off, you’ll have to fiddle with some settings. Thankfully, it’s really easy to manage.

Open up the Settings app and navigate to General > Background App Refresh. This will open up a window with a list of installed apps with toggle switches next to them.

At the top, you’ll want to tap on the toggle switch next to Background App Refresh to turn the entire feature off if it isn’t already. From there, the toggle switch will go from green to white/gray.

Apps To Disable Background Refresh for:

YouTube is a data hog and so is every new updated version of Facebook.  Same is also true for google and Craigslist apps.

Disable Cellular Data Settings for Vampire Apps:

Call them whatever you like. Vampire Apps are apps or updated settings that cause you to burn through data much faster.  Almost every App you update is more than likely set to use more data than the previous version.  I recently updated my Instagram and Facebook apps and noticed I’m using an entire 1.2 GB more than I was in previous versions.  Same goes for apps like Google, and once again Craigslist.  To disable these Apps from sucking up your precious data we need to change your cellular data settings.

The setting, called “WiFi Assist,” automatically switches your phone over to the cellular network when you’re in a place with spotty WiFi. The feature is on by default in iOS 9, meaning that your iPhone’s and iPads will seek out cell networks unless you tell them not to — and could potentially eat up your data plan without you realizing it. However, there is a way to turn this pesky setting off. Settings > Cellular > scroll to the bottom and disable Wi-Fi assist. After doing this, you will not be able to encounter any data spikes.

Cellular Data Settings being used by YouTube and Craigslist

You can also see the amount of cellular data used by your apps for the period since you’ve reset them. This will tell you exactly which apps like YouTube are using that data — either while you’re using them, or in the background. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom to see the amount of data used by the “System Services” built into iOS.

Use this part of the Settings menu to keep certain apps from using cellular data at all. This menu lists all your apps, and you can decide which apps you want to allow to use cellular data. Turning a few of these Vampire Apps off can save you a ton of data.

Screen Shot of Apps Craigslist and YouTube Using My Cellular Data

Screen Shot of Apps such as Google and Instagram Using My Cellular Data

Apps to Consider Turning Cellular Data OFF & Use Only on WiFi:

 

 

 

 

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